War of the Rebellion: Serial 107 Page 0764 Chapter LXIII. MD., E. N. C., PA., VA., EXCEPT S. W., &. W. VA.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Harper's Ferry, August 27, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Baltimore, and

ADJUTANT-GENERAL,

Washington:

Express has just reached me that about 150 of the enemy's cavalry surprised and captured Captain Means' company of Loudoun Rangers at Waterford, Va. (about fourteen miles southeast of this), this morning at daybreak. Means' company varied in strength-sometimes about sixty and other times not over thirty-without discipline. Most of my cavalry (three small companies) now out on the Winchester road. This force of the enemy can cut the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad at Point of Rocks or Berlin, there being but one company of infantry at either place.

I am, sir, &c.,

D. S. MILES,

Colonel Second Infantry.

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HEADQUARTERS EIGHTH ARMY CORPS,

Baltimore, August 27, 1862.

Colonel D. S. MILES,

Commanding at Harper's Ferry, Va.:

COLONEL: You will send a force to Point of Rocks with two pieces of artillery immediately. I sent you two strong regiments and six pieces of artillery. I will send you another regiment in the course of the day.

JOHN E. WOOL,

Major-General.

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HEADQUARTERS,

Harper's Ferry, August 27, 1862.

Major-General WOOL,

Baltimore:

Two citizens from Lovettsville, a few miles this side of Waterford, report 1 lieutenant and 4 men wounded, the officer mortally. Captured 17 men and paroled them. They did not know how many guerrillas there were, but that as soon as the fight was over they got wagons and commenced packing them with the carbines and clothing captured.

D. S. MILES,

Colonel Second Infantry.

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HEADQUARTERS.

Harper's Ferry, August 17, 1862.

Lieutenant Colonel WILLIAM D. WHIPPLE,

Assistant Adjutant-General, Baltimore, Md.:

SIR: I telegraphed to you this morning the capture of Captain Means' company, surprised, so the young man from there informed me, while sleeping in a church at Waterford, Loudoun County, Va., fourteen miles southeast of this, by about 150 rebel cavalry. Means' company, lately raised, without discipline, has committed all kinds of depredations on the inhabitants, living on them, taking what he pleased and when it suited him, until the arrival of his men in any vicinity was a